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A Director's Guide to Stanislavsky's Active Analysis

James Thomas

DOI: 10.5040/9781474256612

ISBN: 9781474256599

A Director's Guide to Stanislavsky's Active Analysis examines Active Analysis, the innovative rehearsal method Stanislavsky formulated in his final years. By uniting 'mental analysis' and 'études', Active Analysis puts an end to the problem of mind-body dualism and formalized text memorization that traditional rehearsal methods foster.

The book explores Active Analysis both practically and conceptually; Part One guides the reader through the entire process of Active Analysis, using A Midsummer Night's Dream as a practical reference point. The inspiration here is the work of the Russian director Anatoly Efros, whose pioneering work led the way for a reawakening of theatre in post-Soviet Russia. Part Two is the first English translation of Maria Knebel's foundational article about Active Analysis. Knebel was hand-selected by Stanislavsky to carry his final work forward in unadulterated form for succeeding generations of directors and actors.

A Director's Guide to Stanislavsky's Active Analysis provides the first detailed explanation of Active Analysis from the director's perspective, while also meeting the needs of actors who seek to enhance their creative involvement in the process of play production.

'That this book contains the long awaited first English translation of Maria Knebel's seminal essay on Active Analysis makes it essential reading for that purpose alone.' Paul Christie, Staffordshire Univerity, UK